June 4, 2014
CULLOWHEE, N.C. - Western Carolina softball's Taylor Sigmon ended the 2014 season ranked fourth in the NCAA in saves, with six. It is the highest end of the year statistical ranking for a Catamount softball player in school history since the program started in 2006.
"I remember looking up to softball players who held similar rankings growing up and it is truly humbling to now be able to hold one of my own," Sigmon admitted. "Records like these are not possible without a good defense behind you, and I owe a lot of the saves I got to my team making some great plays in the field. I am so excited to be able to continue playing this game with a group of girls that I truly love, and I cannot wait to see what God has in store for this program both on and off the field."
Sigmon's six saves also ranked her first in the Southern Conference and snapped the Western Carolina single-season and career record. Sigmon, a sophomore from Catawba, N.C., made 35 starts at first base, before being summoned to the circle in games to preserve the win. She made 26 appearances as pitcher and with one start. Sigmon ended the year with a 1.40 ERA with a 2-2 record, 45 innings pitched and 60 strikeouts.
"The closer role is more common in baseball than softball," said Head Coach Jim Clift. So, it is difficult for a coach to become comfortable with the idea of using a pitcher specifically as a closer. Taylor made that decision easy because you know what you are going to get - a top effort with consistent results. More often than not, the result was a win."
In the 2014 season, Sigmon was named Southern Conference Student-Athlete of the Week and was also named 2014 Capitol Once First Team Academic All-District III.
At the plate ended the year ranked third with a .273 batting average and second on the team in doubles (7), runs scored (18) and RBI (15). She was also third on the team with 45 hits.
In 2006, in the program's inaugural season, Ashley Adams ended the year ranked fifth in the NCAA in homeruns with 21. She also finished the year ninth in RBI with 61. Former Catamount Erin Foster ended the 2012 campaign ranked 19th in the NCAA with 18 homeruns.